In this remarkable and beautiful anthology featuring the likes of Maurice Sendak, Robert Sabuda, Rosemary Wells, and Eric Carle, twenty-three of the most honored and beloved artists in children's literature talk informally to childrensharing secrets about their art and how they began their adventures into illustration. Fold-out pages featuring photographs of their early work, their studios and materials, as well as sketches and finished art create an exuberant feast for the eye that will attract both children and adults.
Self-portraits of each illustrator crown this important anthology that celebrates the artists and the art of the picture book. An event book for the ages.
Proceeds from the book will benefit the Eric Carle
Twenty-three top picture book illustrators each write for "young artists" about their early life and art, sometimes providing specific advice to the reader. For each, a full page of text and a photo of the artist as a child appear opposite a self-portrait which is a fold-out flap. Inside the fold-out, each illustrator includes sketches, photographs, and notes about his or her art. In an attractive package, all this information helps us understand a bit about the artists' origins and current thinking about their work. Displayed is the great variety of visual imagination available in picture books. Included are Mitsumasa Anno, Quentin Blake, Ashley Bryan, Nancy Ekholm Burkert, Eric Carle, Tomie dePaola, Jane Dyer, Mordicai Gerstein, Robert Ingpen, Steven Kellogg, Leo Lionni, Petra Mathers, Wendell Minor, Barry Moser, Jerry Pinkney, Alice Provensen, Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart, Maurice Sendak, Gennady Spirin, Chris Van Allsburg, Rosemary Wells, and Paul O. Zelinsky. Brief biographies of the artists are added, along with a bibliography. All profits from the sale of this book will benefit the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz